On September 24 Microsoft announced the release of SQL Server 2019 Community Technical Preview (CTP) 2.0. I think it is good for database professionals to stay current with technology, so I decided to get my feet wet with SQL Server 2019 and installed this new CTP from Microsoft. In this article I will show you the three steps I took to install and initially test SQL Server 2019 CTP 2.0 on a virtual machine running Windows Server 2016.
Step 1: Obtain the Installation Media
The first thing I did is follow this link to start the process of obtaining the bits for SQL Server 2019 CTP 2.0:
When I bring up this page in Internet Explorer on my VM machine I get this screen:
Install SQL Server 2019 on Windows, Linux, and containers
As you can see, I have four different choices for the target operation environments I could use for SQL Server 2019. As already stated, I would be installing my instance of SQL Server 2019 on a Window Server 2016 installation, so I picked the “Windows” installation setup from the above options.
When I clicked on the link in the Windows installation type, the following screen was displayed:
Preview SQL Server 2019 for Windows
By clicking on the “Preview SQL Server 2019 for Windows” link above, I am taken to the evaluation center for product family SQL Server 2019 CTP. In order to get the 180-day evaluation edition of SQL Server 2019, I had to provide name, email address, phone number, etc.
Once I provided all my personal information I was then prompted to run or save the following exe file: SQLServerVNext-SSEI-Eval.exe. I saved it to my VM machine. I then executed SQLServerVNext-SSEI-Eval.exe, which then prompted me to select one of the following installation types:
Select an Installation Type
As you can see there are three different installation types I could use: Basic, Custom, and Download Media. I decided I just wanted to download the media, so I clicked on the “Download Media” option. When the download process starts the following page is displayed:
Specify SQL Server Installer Download
On this screen I can select my language, the kind of package I would like to download (ISO or CAB), and the location where I want to store the installation image. I just took the defaults and clicked on the “Download” button. This started the download process and displays the following downloading media progress screen:
Downloading Media Progress Screen
Once the download completed I got the following successful download screen:
Successful Download Screen
By reviewing my download location, I can see the following ISO image got downloaded: SQLServerVnextCTP2-x64-ENU.iso.
Now that my SQL Server Installation ISO file is available, I can move on to the installation step for SQL Server 2019 CTP 2.0.